Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs

Growing up, we had a rotation of regular dinners: ground beef tacos, grilled chicken, pot roast, etc.
But the most consistent meal was definitely spaghetti. Spaghetti was the first meal I was able to cook by myself (with store bough pasta and sauce, of course), without any help and it has always had a homey, nostalgic essence. 

No joke, my sister makes spaghetti twice a week. 

This year my mom made large quantities of garden-fresh, homemade spaghetti sauce with tomatoes from their flourishing garden. She sent some frozen containers back to Fort Worth with me after my last visit and I have finally made use of it! So so good. 

So I wanted to share with you my very simple, absolutely delicious spaghetti and meatballs recipe! 

What You'll Need:
(serves 2)
1/2 lb ground beef
1 egg
3/4 cup Parmesan bread crumbs 
1 clove garlic, minced 
1tbsp Italian seasoning 
Sprinkle of minced parsley 
Salt and Pepper to taste
(optional- 1 tsp crushed red pepper)
1 tbsp olive oil 
1 jar spaghetti sauce (store bought, homemade, sent from Mom- whichever you've got!)\
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
2 servings prepared spaghetti pasta 

What To Do:
Prepare spaghetti pasta. Meanwhile, mix together ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, and seasoning. Heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat. Form ground beef mixture into small balls and place in hot oil. Brown the meatballs on all sides. 

Once browned, drain most of the excess oil. Add spaghetti sauce and mushrooms to the meatballs in the pan and simmer for 15-20 minutes. 

To serve, layer pasta, sauce and meatballs into your bowl or plate. Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and minced parsley. Voila! 


  1. Well that looks ABSOLUTELY delicious, and it's not even 9:30am yet where I am, haha!! Shows how much I love pasta and Italian food!!! :)

  2. Sounds delicious! I love spaghetti and meatballs. I grew-up eating spaghetti a lot too. It's was always a weekly staple. My hubby and I have it often, but I like to mix it up between spaghetti and meatballs, spaghetti and meat sauce, spaghetti and chicken parmesan and just plain spaghetti and sauce. Thankfully my little one LOVES spaghetti.

    Hope you're having a good week so far!

  3. had this exact meal for dinner earlier this week, homemade meatballs and everything!!


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